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Are Electric Scooters Legal in Florida?

Updated on December 1st, 2023

Electric scooters in Florida are classified similarly to bicycles, granting them the same rights and duties on the road. Operators of electric scooters do not need a driver license. Riders under the age of 16 must wear a helmet for safety. To ensure visibility, scooters must be equipped with a front-mounted white light visible from at least 500 feet away. Local authorities hold the jurisdiction to establish additional regulations for the safe operation of electric scooters and their use on public property, which may vary from one municipality to another.

Electric scooters are afforded the same rights and duties applicable to rider of bicycle. Scooters are not required to have a valid driver license. Riders under the age of 16 are required to wear a helmet. Scooters are required to have a white light attached to the front visible from a distance of at lest 500 feet.

All remaining regulations regarding the safe operation of electric scooters and the presence of electric scooters on public property are governed by local authorities.

Max Speed

Electric scooters can travel up to a maximum speed of 20 mph on the road, aligning with the speed limitations set for motorized bicycles and e-bikes in some localities.

Minimum Age

There is generally no statewide minimum age requirement to operate an electric scooter, but local ordinances may have specific restrictions. It is advisable to check with local regulations.

Helmets Required? 

Yes, for riders under the age of 16. While not mandated by state law for riders over 16, helmets are strongly recommended for all riders for safety.

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